Field Trips

We have an exciting slate of field trips planned from a tour of the US Botanic Gardens, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, National Museum of Health and Medicine, to a visit to the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute! The field trips are scheduled for Thursday to Saturday, and can be half day, or a full day. Many of the field trip offer time for outdoor sketching and nature journaling. Grab your sketchbook, hats, comfortable walking shoes, and join us for an adventure.

*Field trip schedule and events subject to change.

Tour of US Botanic Gardens

Thursday; 8:30am-12:30pm

Price: $50.00

Pick up and drop off: AU campus

Minimum age, if any : None

How participants will get there: Ride the GNSI reserved van

Lunch: Lunch on your own

This will be a guided tour of the US Botanic Garden on the National Mall with some discussion of botanical art, and with time to explore the collection and sketch on your own. Steeped in history, rich with tradition, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems. More than 200 years ago, George Washington had a vision for the capital city of the United States that included a botanic garden that would demonstrate and promote the importance of plants to the young nation. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America.

What to bring: Sketching supplies
Reusable waterbottles
Camera

Time for sketching available?: Yes

Handicap accessible?: Yes

Difficulty of terrain: Easy (walking on flat/paved paths)

Indoors or outdoors?: Both

Benches/shady places available?: Yes

Restrooms available on site?: Yes

Tour of Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Thursday; 8:30am-12:30pm

Price: $50.00

Pick up and drop off: Tour and Visitor Entrance

Minimum age, if any : 16

How participants will get there: Ride the GNSI reserved van

Lunch: Lunch on your own

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s (BEP) mission is to develop and produce United States currency notes, trusted worldwide. Located in the heart of the Nation's Capital, the BEP's Washington, DC Tour and Visitor Center is a great place to learn all about U.S. paper currency. You can see millions of dollars being printed as you walk along the production floor! Learn about the process of how artwork for currency is created. The tour includes a special behind-the-scene tour of the production and artistic process for creating images for currency.

What to bring: Extra cash

Time for sketching available?: No

Handicap accessible?: Yes

Difficulty of terrain: Easy (walking on flat/paved paths)

Indoors or outdoors?: Mostly indoors

Benches/shady places available?: Don't know

Restrooms available on site?: Yes

Additional Info: 
Contact at site requires first and last names of all participants one week prior to tour. All tour participants need photo id.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Thursday; 8:00am-5:30pm

Price: $100.00

Pick up and drop off: AU campus

Minimum age, if any : 16

How participants will get there: Ride the GNSI reserved van

Lunch: Lunch on your own at NASA cafeteria

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside Washington DC, is home to the nation's largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe. This special GNSI tour will include an introduction to the TV, Animation, Science Visualization Studio, Hyperwall: the Goddard process for creating science visuals/public communication; as well as, the Science On a Sphere demonstration, with Maurice Henderson, in the visitor's center.

Plan for the day:

  • Trip from DC 8:10 - 8:50

  • Badging at 8:55 - 9:25
  • 
Tour start at 9:35- 12:00 : I will review your document and offer suggestions, if needed, on the tour content.
  • 
Lunch B21 cafeteria, from 12:15- 1:00

  • Bldg 28 tour of the media facilities TC/CI/Hyperwall 1:15-3:45

    • TV - I have talked to Pat Kennedy - they will do their standard Goddard Day signup tour 1:15-1:45

    • CI - I have talked to Walt Feimer - They are good with about 25 min presentation on their animation capabilities 1:45-3:15

    • SVS/Hyperwall - I and/or Lori Perkins will be presenting 3:15-3:45

  • Visitor Center - SOS presentation - Maurice Henderson is set. 3:50 - 4:30

  • Return to DC 4:35 - 5:30




What to bring: Reusable waterbottles, 
camera, 
extra cash

Time for sketching available? Don't know

Handicap accessible? Yes

Difficulty of terrain: Easy (walking on flat/paved paths)

Indoors or outdoors? Mostly indoors

Benches/shady places available? Don't know

Restrooms available on site? Yes

Additional Info: Visitors will be badged after displaying identification and are required to wear their badges above the waist the entire visit. They are also required to remain with the escort at all times. Visitors must wear closed-toe comfortable shoes as there is extensive standing and walking on all tours; tennis shoes are recommended and high heeled shoes are not permitted. Backpacks, bags, large purses and briefcases are not permitted in the tour locations and must remain on the bus. Photographs are allowed in most locations unless otherwise specified.
 All Foreign Nationals attending need to provide copies of their passports & visas along with a special form (link to form), a minimum of 3 weeks before the visit.

National Museum of Health and Medicine

Friday; 9am-3pm

Price: $100.00

Pick up and drop off: AU campus

Minimum age, if any : 16

How participants will get there: Ride the GNSI reserved van

Lunch: Box lunch provided

The National Museum of Health and Medicine was established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum, a center for the collection of specimens for research in military medicine and surgery. There will be a guided tour as well as time for personal exploration and sketching. This museum is excellent for those who are interested the development of medical science and human anatomy. Its anatomical collection includes than 5,000 skeletal specimens and 10,000 preserved organs document medical cases of disease and injury. The collection supports research in pathology, physical anthropology, forensic anthropology, and paleopathology.

What to bring: Sketching supplies,
 camera, 
extra cash

Time for sketching available?: Yes

Handicap accessible?: Yes

Difficulty of terrain: Easy (walking on flat/paved paths)

Indoors or outdoors?: Mostly indoors

Benches/shady places available?: Yes

Restrooms available on site?: Yes

National Arboretum and National Bonsai Penjing Museum

Friday; 9am-4pm

Price: $100.00

Pick up and drop off: AU campus

Minimum age, if any : 16

How participants will get there: Ride the GNSI reserved van

Lunch: Box lunch provided

The U.S. National Arboretum enhances the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental and landscape plants through long-term, multi-disciplinary research, conservation of genetic resources, and through interpretative gardens and exhibits. The Arboretum, under the US Department of Agriculture, is responsible for introducing many new plant species and cultivars to the US nursery and ornamental trade. For the 1976 American Bicentennial Celebration, the people of Japan gave something unique to their culture that was a living tribute to peace between the two countries: Fifty-three bonsai trees from the Nippon Bonsai Association were formally presented to the U. S. National Arboretum, forming the beginning of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. This day will include an extensive tour of both the National Arboretum and the Bonsai/Penjing Collections.

What to bring: Sunscreen
, hat, 
insect repellant, 
close-toed shoes, 
light-coloured clothes, 
sketching supplies
, reusable waterbottles, 
binoculars
, camera

Time for sketching available?: Yes

Handicap accessible?: Yes

Difficulty of terrain: Moderate (some hills and steps)

Indoors or outdoors?: Mostly outdoors

Benches/shady places available?: Yes

Restrooms available on site?: Yes

Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Friday; 7:00am-3:00pm

Price: $75.00

Pick up and drop off: AU campus

Minimum age, if any : No

How participants will get there: Ride the GNSI reserved van

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Founded in 1889, the Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Today, the Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is home to more than 1,500 animals across 300 different species. Small groups will have a choice of two back-of -the-house tours, visiting mammals, birds or reptiles, to meet the animals and their handlers at their most active time of day. Knowledgeable and experienced FONZ Guides will lead the morning activities and allow plenty of time for sketching between special site visits!

What to bring: Sunscreen
, hat, 
insect repellant, 
sunglasses, 
sandals, 
light-coloured clothes, 
sketching supplies, 
binoculars, 
camera, 
extra cash

Time for sketching available? Yes

Handicap accessible? Yes

Difficulty of terrain: Moderate (some hills and steps)

Indoors or outdoors? Mostly outdoors

Benches/shady places available? Yes

Restrooms available on site? Yes

Additional Info: 
· Each guest have a choice of 2 locations during their visit. More information will be sent out to participants at a later date.

Exploring the Miocene Ocean Floor and Field Sketching at Scientists Cliffs

Saturday after conference; 9am-6pm

Price: $100.00

Pick up and drop off:

Minimum age, if any : None

How participants will get there: Ride the GNSI reserved van

Lunch: Box lunch provided

The area is a naturalist's dream: long walks on the beaches provide beautiful untouched seascape vistas and a fascinating chance to look back in time at the eroding cliffs, which commonly expose fossils from the Miocene periods. You will get an orientation on the paleogeology, then you will have the opportunity to sketch and engage in birdwatching, hiking, or the local sport, hunting for shark's teeth. There will also be a demonstration of traditional Walnut Ink preparation. A reserved community building near the beach is perfect for lounging and has restrooms available. This field trip is particularly well-suited if you want to bring kids and enjoy the beach.

What to bring: Sunscreen, 
hat, 
insect repellant, 
sunglasses, 
sandals
, light-coloured clothes, 
sketching supplies, 
reusable waterbottles, 
binoculars, 
camera

Time for sketching available?: Yes

Handicap accessible?: No

Difficulty of terrain: Moderate (some hills and steps)

Indoors or outdoors?: Both

Benches/shady places available?: Yes

Restrooms available on site?: Yes

Day Hike: Great Falls of the Potomac & CO Canal

Saturday after conference; 8:00am-4:00pm

Price: $100.00

Pick up and drop off: AU campus

Minimum age, if any : 16

How participants will get there: Ride the GNSI reserved van

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided

Explore the flora, fauna, history, and geology of one of the DC area's natural wonders: Great Falls National Park, located on the Potomac River in nearby Maryland. This day hike will be led by a local naturalist/plant expert and President of the Maryland Natural History Society, Charlie Davis. Experience beautiful views of the C&O Canal and hike the rugged terrain on the Billy Goat Trail. You’ll have plenty of time for sketching, or just soaking in the amazing views.

What to bring: Sunscreen, 
hat
, insect repellant, 
sunglasses, 
close-toed shoes, 
sketching supplies, 
binoculars, 
camera.

Time for sketching available?: Yes

Handicap accessible?: No

Difficulty of terrain: Difficult (steep terrain, steps, rough/rocky trail)

Indoors or outdoors?: Mostly outdoors

Benches/shady places available?: Yes

Restrooms available on site?: Yes